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ERIC Number: ED138691
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
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The Actualization of a New Ideal. Multicultural Education Programs: Facts and Some Fantasy.
Farrell, Robert V.
This paper reviews the highlights of the literature dealing with multicultural education and cultural pluralism. Bibliographies dealing with multicultural education contain a large body of literature. For the most part the literature reflects confusion as to the best goals and strategies of this curriculum concept. The literature also indicates a belief that this approach to education will foster the ideal of cultural pluralism as opposed to the ideal of assimilation in American society. The literature also includes many treatises dealing with the importance of teachers and their training in this new education effort. Although the quantity of the literature reflects a great amount of interest in this new educational goal, there are some reservations. Although the concept is favored, there is some skepticism due to the many unanswered questions which accompany the various ways of implementing the multicultural concept. The second part of the paper is devoted to the many questions and issues raised in public school circles by the trend towards multicultural education. These questions are many and varied, involving the philosophy and goals of schooling, and school priorities in the education of students. It is concluded that the present trend in modern education is towards basic competencies, job survival skills, and universal communication skills. A crucial issue confronting multicultural education is whether it can meet these new and publicly demanded goals. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Anthropological Society (Miami, Florida, 1977). Document not available in hard copy due to author's restriction